University studies for refugees
Refugees can start university studies leading to a degree under the same conditions as other international applicants. The first step is to gain a higher education entrance qualification at home or in Germany.
If certificates are incomplete or missing due to forced migration, universities offer procedures that facilitate the documentation of the higher education entry qualification.
- Specialized courses and assessment tests: If the university entrance qualification of the country of origin is not equivalent to the German qualification, the applicant must pass an assessment test in order to gain access to higher education. The online portal Anabin provides further information on which foreign qualifications are on par with the German university entrance qualification.
- Language classes: Besides the necessary entrance qualification, the applicant must also have sufficient knowledge of the German language. The universities and some colleges offer special language classes for refugees where the necessary language proficiency can be acquired.
- Applying for university studies leading to a degree: If all admission requirements have been met, refugees may apply via Uni-Assist. Uni-Assist can also examine beforehand whether a refugee is entitled to study in Germany. This examination is provided free of charge for refugees.
Refugees as auditors
As auditors, refugees can attend lectures at German colleges and universities. Berlin’s colleges and universities offer different auditor programs for refugees. Further details can be found on the universities’ websites.
Counseling and support for refugees at colleges and universities
Berlin’s public colleges and universities offer special counseling for refugees.